As we gently move closer to the warmer months of the year, find out how you can invite spring into your home with these simple hacks.
FINALLY, spring is firmly on its way!! Yes! Alongside graduating from our all-day pyjamas and daily casual wear to a more colourful wardrobe, we can now start planning ahead post-lockdown picnics, intimate alfresco dinners, and barbecue garden parties with our close family members and friends. But before we start getting all excited about this new season, let’s first get our homes ready for spring/summer to embrace the hope and joy of new beginnings in our living spaces.
Here are a few tips you can draw inspiration from to bring spring into your home, with a positive spirit that is synonymous with new beginnings.
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1. Spring Cleaning
There is something about deep spring cleaning that makes you feel that your life is getting back on track, helping you to press the reset button to start with a clean slate and a clear mind. This is how I felt when I was spring cleaning my apartment last week – I sensed that I was releasing the past and old energy to make room for a more positive new season in my life.
So my darling, I know this may sound all too philosophical, and that at practical level spring cleaning can be a little daunting. But if you approach it with the right attitude and strategy, you will experience a great sense of accomplishment and inner peace once your home is all refreshed and well organised.
The first thing to do is to decide on the key parts of your home that you want to dust off, declutter and reorganise. Make a spring clean To-do-list. Enlist help from family members, friends, or professional cleaning agencies if you must. Set aside time for the tasks ahead. For me it took 4 days to gradually spring clean my whole apartment. Start with the living space that requires the least amount of effort to build up momentum and to keep you engaged in the process.
For the living and dining areas, dedicate more time to remove accumulated dust around the windows, particularly your blinds and glass doors. And if you can’t dry clean or change your blackout curtains for lighter ones, use a garment steamer to freshen them up, particularly for people suffering from pollen allergy. I also highly recommend that you steam your sofa, chairs and rugs after your regular spot and vacuum cleaning to help purify the air.
In the kitchen and the laundry rooms, focus a bit more on the sink pipe, the refrigerator, the cupboards, and the main kitchen appliances. To naturally spring clean your sink pipes, pour a cup of baking soda followed by a cup of white vinegar down the drain. Place a cover on the drain to seal the opening. Let the mixture sit for 15 minutes. Remove the cover and run hot tap water. For the cabinets, use a simple detergent to clean up the doors and the shelves, reorganise stored items, and throw away those that have outgrown their sell-by date. Empty out your refrigerator, defrost it, clean up all spillages, and compost bin all leftover food. As for kitchen appliances, particularly deep clean the sometimes overlooked cooker hoods, ovens and microwaves from all debris, grime and residue.
In the bedroom, lighten your duvets and blankets, and clean your pillows and mattress protector. Steam your mattress to remove any unpleasant odour. Vacuum clean and mop all hidden corners. As far as your closet is concerned, store away heavy winter coats, shoes and clothes and give away items that you have not worn in years or that are no longer fitting you to make room for your spring and summer wardrobe.
The bathroom grout, cabinets, and floor need special care when spring cleaning. To make your grout look all shiny and white the natural way, use a mixture of bicarbonate of soda and water to make a paste, then rub on to dirty grout using an old toothbrush. Next, spray white vinegar on the bicarbonate mixture and wait for a few minutes. Then rinse off with warm water. Declutter your cabinets by throwing away cosmetics and any other items that you are no longer using, and scrub, mop, and steam your bathroom floor to kill bacteria.
2. Apply a Lick of Paint
Bring spring into your home with a fresh coat of paint in some or all parts of your abode. This will do wonders to enhance the aesthetic appearance of your interior. Identify the high traffic areas of your home such as the entryway, the kitchen and the wet rooms that will benefit from a little upgrade with a few coats of paint.
Maybe it’s time for you to revamp or create a new look in some areas of your living space. Be bold and try out either brand new paint colours or new shades of your room’s existing colour scheme that complement the overall aesthetics of your home. If you get it right, it will make you feel as if you have moved into a brand new house.
3. Update your Home Decor Accessories
One of the best tricks I like to use in my own home with the change of season is to swap my home decor accessories. By simply changing your cushions and throw blankets, vases, coffee table books, a few ornaments and wall arts in your living spaces, you can definitely upgrade the positive vibes in your environment to beautifully welcome spring into your home.
Introduce fresh scents in your main living areas. Get new scented candles, home diffusers, houseplants and flowers to fill your space up with calming new aromas that will bring you inner peace and it will transport you to your last summer holiday destinations.
Additionally, if you suffer from a pollen allergy during the spring/summer, invest in an HEPA air purifier to get rid of any indoor pollutants, refresh stuffy air, eliminate allergens from dust and pet odour, and improve the quality of your sleep. When used regularly, an HEPA air purifier can definitely improve the quality of home living during the warmer months.
4. Take Care of your Outdoor Space
Before throwing a barbecue party or any outdoor get-together as a way of celebrating spring at home, trim the grass in your garden and clean your patio, conservatory, or balcony if you have one. Take particular care of your outdoor plants, including the ones on your trellis, and compost the ones that you can no longer salvage. Inspect your garden furniture and soft furnishings to ensure they are still in good condition. To improve the ambience of your outdoor space during spring and summer, get sparkly decorative lights that will add a touch of fun and a little glamour as you entertain yourself, family members and friends outdoors.
5. Let There Be Light
To start embracing the spring season into your home, open the windows and curtains for a few hours each day to allow both fresh air and mood boosting natural light to permeate your living spaces in order for you to enjoy the healing powers of sunlight. In doing so, you will not only create a soothing atmosphere in your home, but you will also naturally boost your vitamin D intake, better ward off seasonal mood swings, and improve your sleep time. This will considerably help you to slowly acclimatise yourself again with the outdoor weather after a prolonged period spent indoor.
So, beloved, have a gorgeous spring season, and share with me below more ideas on how you intend to prepare your home to enjoy the upcoming warmer months.